About Trail Guides Yellowstone
About Trail Guides Yellowstone

Connecting People and Wilderness
Yellowstone is a unique place. It has a magical quality that draws you in and exposes you to the raw power and beauty of nature. The park itself is located in the heart of what is referred to as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area that stretches across three states; Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and covers approximately 28-34,000 square miles. It's a backpackers paradise with more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails that meander through some of the most pristine wilderness in the contiguous United States. The featured hikes on our website represent some of the best of what Yellowstone has to offer and we hope the images and information you find here will provide the inspiration needed to plan your own adventures in the backcountry of this incredible wonderland. A place where wild animals still roam free and nature is left untouched for all to enjoy.

If you need help planning the perfect trip, our guided day hikes and backpacking tours are geared toward every skill level and interest. The idea is to have fun, enjoy the scenery and learn a little about Yellowstone's incredible history. There are plenty of stories to be told and plenty of stories to be written during your visit to Yellowstone.

Brian Farrell, Trail Guides Yellowstone
Brian Farrell, Owner
After moving to Bozeman in 2002, hiking and backpacking in Yellowstone National Park became a regular part of my life. Every time I set foot in the the Park I come away with a greater appreciation for the beauty and diversity that exists in this incredibly unique ecosystem. This is a very special place that I've come to know and love over the past 14 years and it's something I enjoy sharing with others.

Raised in upstate New York I was lucky enough to have spent my youth hiking, fishing and climbing in the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Over the last 20 years I've had the pleasure of traveling and exploring the canyon regions of southern Utah and the many national forests and wilderness areas that surround my home in Bozeman, Montana. The Trail Guides website reflects the many wonderful experiences I've had in Yellowstone—a place where I can honestly say I feel right at home.

Yellowstone Favorites
Short day hikes: Mount Washburn, Storm Point, Purple Mountain
Long day hikes: Pelican Cone, Fawn Pass - West Side, Pebble Creek
Multi-day backpacking trips: The Thorofare, Pelican Valley and the Lamar River Trails

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Laura Atwood, Marketing
Laura moved to Montana in 2002 and if she had the choice she would still be there, but life took her first to northern Colorado and now to Anchorage, Alaska. Since leaving Montana she and her husband have gone back to Yellowstone National Park every year to hike, view wildlife and just enjoy the beauty of the Park. Her favorite hike in the park is Avalanche Peak. Laura worked for 10 years in the horticulture field with a special interest in native plants. She completed the Native Plant Master Course in Larimer County, Colorado.

Laura enjoys day hiking, backpacking, gardening, walking her two dogs, and chocolate (the darker the better).
Sara Amish - Guide
I grew up in the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana surrounded by the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains. Some of my earliest memories are of hiking in those woods, with my mother pointing out the different varieties of plants and trees that grew alongside the trail. When I graduated high school many of my peers wanted to move away from home and escaped to places where the people outnumbered the wildlife. Conversely, I wanted to stay somewhere where I could still enjoy the mountains so I decided to attend Montana State University in Bozeman where I am currently studying conservation biology and ecology. It’s a decision that I will never regret.

Living here in Bozeman has been an absolutely wonderful experience. It still amazes me that within just a few hours I can be in Yellowstone National Park relaxing in the Boiling River, or hiking a trail that takes me through a unique ecosystem filled with vibrant wildlife and amazing flora. Every day my appreciation for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem continues to grow, and every day I become a bit more passionate about sharing it with others. I love showing people this amazing national park that we all have a right to experience and enjoy.

Madison McClintock

Madison McClintock
Madison is a M.F.A candidate in Montana State’s Natural History & Science Filmmaking program. Although a California-native, she received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Franklin College in Switzerland. Madison attributes her most valuable educational experiences to experiential learning and loves to immerse herself in other worlds and cultures. As a result, she is particularly interested in how filmmaking can be used as a creative medium to promote awareness about important cultural and environmental issues.

Brett Kuxhausen

Brett Kuxhausen
Brett is a M.F.A. student at Montana State University’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program. Originally from southwest Iowa, Brett obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Biological Sciences, while minoring in Chemistry and Film Studies. He spent his time there conducting research under the supervision of a top biologist and producing an independent research project on tropical fish predator and prey interactions. Combining his scientific roots with a passion for film, Brett independently produces material focused on educating and entertaining.


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